American pubcaster PBS will provide the broadcast television premiere of Peabody Award-winning director Judith A. Helfand‘s feature-length documentary Cooked: Survival by Zip Code when it debuts across its long-standing doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ next season.
Produced by Kartemquin Films, the 76-minute film is an investigation into the deadly 1995 heat wave that crippled Chicago, during which 739 people – mostly black and in the poorest neighborhoods of the city – died.
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code uses humor and candor to delve into “the underlying man-made disaster of systemic structural racism” and disaster preparedness, one of America’s largest growth industries.
The doc was adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. The documentary had its world premiere at the 2018 DOC NYC festival.
The film kicks off a two-week theatrical run with a run in Chicago July 12-25, marking the 24th anniversary of the deadly Chicago heat wave.
Foreign sales for the doc will be handled by UK sales house Journeyman Pictures.
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code is produced by Helfand and Fenell Doremus. Executive producers on the film include Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Betsy Steinberg, Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer, Barbara Dobkin, Diana Barrett, Julie Parker Benello, Lynne Rosenthal, Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker, Sarah Cavanaugh, Brenda Robinson, and Geralyn Dreyfous.
The film is a copro between Kartemquin Films, Judith Helfand Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).
Major funding was provided by the Dobkin Family Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation | JustFilms, Leo S. Guthman Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fledgling Fund, Fork Films, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
Check out the exclusive trailer for Cooked: Survival by Zip Code below: